Columbus hospital partners with Macon med school

Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 12:53 PM
Last updated 12:55 PM
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COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Prestige for the community aside, perhaps the biggest advantage of locating a Mercer University School of Medicine satellite campus in Columbus is the five-star physician “recruits” it might attract.

That was one of the most descriptive analogies offered up Friday as Macon, Ga.-based Mercer made it official at the Columbus Public Library news conference that it is partnering with The Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital on a two-year doctor training program after 18 months of discussions and logistical planning, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports.

St. Francis President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Granger pointed out college football is king in the South and that everyone understands how difficult it is to recruit the elite players to universities such as Auburn, Alabama and elsewhere.

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